Good news today for Apple and other tablet makers, as tablets are expected to outsell traditional notebook PCs by a three-to-one margin by 2017, says a new report by market research firm NPD DisplaySearch.
The forecast comes in a Thursday report from market research firm NPD DisplaySearch, which predicts that businesses and consumers will be snapping up more than 450 million tablets per year by 2017.
NPD expects the shift to be partially fueled by slightly falling prices for tablets, from $311 in 2014 to $296 in 2017. Falling tablet prices will also benefit customers who stick with laptops, as the traditional PC makers will be forced to follow the trend, lowering their prices as well.
NPD predicts much of the expected growth in tablets will be fueled by emerging markets, which they believe will make up more than 60% of mobile PC shipments by the year 2017.